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Capitalising on a lucrative illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn to prevent species extinction

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Capitalising on a lucrative illegal trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn to prevent species extinction
Capitalising on a lucrative illegal trade in elephant ivory and
rhino horn to prevent species extinction
If elephant ivory and rhino horns were commercially farmed, at the price they fetch in the
market it sells in, would this not be enough of an incentive to pay for keeping the species
in existence?
The most important factor in animal management is of course to perpetuate the
propagation of a species. Regrettably, never mind the absolute medicinal uselessness of
rhino horn or on the other hand the renowned material importance of ivory for that
matter, poachers are shooting themselves in the foot by plundering a resource that
presently feeds them, without ensuring a continually sustainable income. If
commercially farming ivory plus rhino horn enabled funding many more paid wildlife
rangers, providing them with the resources that they need to protect the animals
themselves from extinction, then we would have have a workable interspecific
relationship going.
Elephant and rhino poaching is running riot because it is being encouraged by the quick
short term profits it unfortunately gives to relatively impoverished people to
economically motivate a supply to satisfy demand. At present there are too many naively
uninformed or just plainly uninterested people worldwide willing to purchase elephant
ivory and rhino horn so as to make it worthwhile to stop poachers in the equivalent of
killing the dodo, again and again. It would more feasible to use the lucrative qualities of
ivory and rhino horn, which fetches more than diamonds or cocaine per kilo.1 against the
culture of poaching itself. At that given price, it would become worthwhile for potential
employees in animal habitat management to consider an employment market geared on a
permanently long term basis, therefore good job prospects, and protected by whatever
arms and ammunition they would need in such a hostile and humanly intraspecific
environment. The aims of commercially managed wildlife should always seek to provide
for the continuation of the species existence in the wild.
Poachers could be instructed that they are going to be making more money in a few years
time by drugging the animals to sleep to obtain their product, rather wastefully killing
them outright. If the animals can be put to sleep with drugs from dart guns the horn or
ivory would regrow and they would provide a sustainable resource1&5. The idea of
drugging wildlife to obtain a resource was also more recently prompted when poachers
drugged two rhinos and removed their horns without killing them.3 Seeing as there are
gamekeepers who were former poachers4 there is by virtue of that fact already in place
advantageous avenues for an international government backed market in such sales. To
not instruct poachers with memes to prevent the extinction of species just because some
distant legislators who are not savvy about human or other animal nature is tantamount to
condoning the total extermination of elephants and rhinos from this Earth. A good
analogy with harvesting elephant ivory and rhino horn is that Planet Earth has a finite
surface area as has a farmed terrain which supports sheep that are sheared by humans to
obtain a resource.
If species are going to go extinct because of a misguided sense of a purported political
correctness, as in sawn horns don't aesthetically look good, I don't want to play a part in
that.
Andrew Planet
11/08/2015
I contribute financially on a monthly basis to the International anti Poaching foundation
http://www.iapf.org/
Compiled and revised from the first two of the following web page links where I'd made
comments
1
(My comment)
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/ban-elephant-ivory-legalize-rhino-horn/
2
(My comment)
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/17/poisons-and-poaching-a-deadly-mix-
requiring-urgent-action/
3
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1027340/Rhinos-miraculously-survive-losing-
horns-cruel-poachers.html
4
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/nov/22/zimbabwe-safari-poachers-turned-
gamekeepers
5
https://www.awf.org/blog/elephants-tears
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